Objective: This study was designed to determine the effect of supplementing natural protein, energy supplement, AV/PES/12 (M/S Ayurvet Limited, India) in improving newborn piglets survivability and performance.
Method: The study was conducted in two phases: Experiment I was carried out in healthy piglets and experiment II will be conducted in weak piglets. For experiment I (n=30) healthy newborn large White Yorkshire piglets were selected & were segregated into three groups at the time of birth. In the untreated control group T0, the newborn piglets (n=10) were not offered with any oral supplement. The treatment group T1, newborn piglets (n=10) and treatment group T2 newborn piglets (n=10) were supplemented with AV/PES/12 at two different dose regimen (according to experiment design). For experiment II (n=24) weak, small, chilled or scouring White Yorkshire piglets were selected & were segregated into three groups at the time of birth. The untreated control group T0 (n=6) weak/chilled/scouring piglets were not offered any oral supplement. The treatment group T1 newborn piglets (n=6) and treatment group T2 newborn piglets (n=6) were supplemented with AV/PES/12 as per the described regimen. Piglet weight at birth and weight at weaning, the incidence of diarrhoea, the incidence of any other disease and mortality were recorded at weekly intervals.
Result: A significant increase (significant level at 5%) in the body weight was observed after supplementation.
Conclusion: The results showed the beneficial effect of herbal nutritional supplement AV/PES/12 on the growth rate and survivability of piglets.